It's official: Bruins acquire Kaberle from Leafs

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It's official: Bruins acquire Kaberle from Leafs

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.com

OTTAWA It took a long time -- they first began discussing this deal in 2009 -- but Tomas Kaberle will finally be wearing Black and Gold.The four-time All-Star defenseman and among the best NHL power play specialists of the post-lockout era with the third-most power play assists (157) in the NHL over the last six seasons behind Joe Thornton and Sidney Crosby is on his way to Boston after the B's agreed to send former first-round pick Joe Colborne, Bostons 2011 first-round pick, and a conditional pick to the Leafs.
The conditional pick is a second-rounder in 2012, and the Leafs will receive the pick if the Bruins re-sign Kaberle or if they reach the Stanley Cup finals.
The team announced the trade Tuesday afternoon. Kaberle will be in the lineup for the Bruins Friday night in Ottawa, as will Chris Kelly, whom they acquired from the Senators earlier this week.
Nick Kypreos, an ex-NHL player who now works as an analyst for Rogers SportsNet in Canada, reported on Twitter that Kaberle told him "It was just time to move on" and that he's "excited at the chance to go to Boston."In a related move, the Bruins traded Blake Wheeler and Mark Stuart to Atlanta. Center Rich Peverley, one of the players acquired from the Thrashers, will join the team Sunday; the other player, defenseman Boris Valabik, is being assigned to the Providence Bruins.
The Bruins had been trying to entice Brian Burke with 6-foot-5 winger Blake Wheeler or former first round pick Zach Hamill, but the Leafs GM zeroed in on the 6-foot-6 former University of Denver pivot Joe Colborne. In essence the Leafs get a player very similar in skill and size to Wheeler, but whom they'll be able to control at an affordable price for the next few years while filling Burkes desire for a big center in the middle of Torontos attack.It seems like a long way from the first aborted Phil KesselKaberle trade back at the 2009 draft in Montreal, but finally the Bs got their defenseman with a team holding many pieces for an extended playoff run. Kaberle is expected to be in uniform and with the team for Friday night's game against the Senators in Ottawa after skating for an hour at practice with the Maple Leafs on Friday morning.TSN's Bob McKenzie was the first to report the entire Bruins package accuratelyfor Kaberle on Friday morning.

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McIntyre still building and earning trust of B's coaching staff

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McIntyre still building and earning trust of B's coaching staff

BRIGHTON, Mass -- It hasn’t been an easy road for Bruins rookie goaltender Zane McIntyre since getting called back up by Boston a few weeks ago.

The 24-year-old netminder is trying to give the B’s top-level goaltending while earning the trust of the Bruins coaching staff, and adjusting to the sporadic playing time that goes along with playing understudy to a No. 1 netminder like Tuukka Rask. The three goals allowed in the third period of Sunday afternoon’s 5-1 loss to the Penguins didn’t look good on paper, but really there wasn’t much McIntyre could do with the defense totally breaking down in front of him during a 12-shot barrage in the final 20 minutes.

The 3.95 goals against average and .860 save percentage certainly look like a little frightening for the first-year goalie, but the truth is there’s going to be some bumps as he adjusts to life as a backup for the first time.

“[The adjustment] is mostly between the ears, to be honest,” said McIntyre. “I have confidence in my physical abilities and I know what I can do, and what makes my game successful. So right now it’s just building confidence every day in practice and staying persistent, staying with it. I know good things are going to happen when you surround yourself with good people, and the biggest thing is battling every day and making sure I’m contributing to the team.”

McIntyre will certainly have to be sharp if he’s put back in the crease on Tuesday night against the Red Wings after Rask exited from Sunday’s loss in the second period with symptoms of a migraine. The Bruins top goalie missed practice on Monday while getting himself checked out medically, and there’s a chance he could be out if the symptoms are in any way related to the Roman Josi shot he took off his neck last week.

“I’m just taking it day-by-day to be honest. That’s what I’ve always done in the past, and I’m just trying to build up confidence every day,” said McIntyre, who had been lights out in Providence prior to getting the call to Boston. “We’ll just see what happens and roll with it.”

That’s a challenge McIntyre will certainly be up for in a different way than Sunday’s mop-up duty, but it remains to be seen just how steady-footed the Bruins will be about their goalie situation if Rask is expected to miss any time this week.